Call for Papers & Works

LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government


 Spring 2017 Print Journal

**DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 30, 2016**

Spring 2017 Journal Theme – LGBTQ Legal Justice: At the Intersection of Policy and Law

Activists, academics, and allies are invited to submit proposals to the LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School Spring 2017 print journal. The 2016 print edition of the Journal marked the first thematic edition with a focus on trans* issues and rights. This year, we are proud to showcase work on criminal justice, immigration, housing, and other intersections of the law and policy affecting LGBTQ identities. We want to investigate current policy issues and debates by highlighting what the issues are, how they came to be, and what solutions exist.

Submissions may take the form of research, reviews, interviews or dialogues, recounting or retelling of advocacy surrounding policy change, and/or art and personal expression. The topics may be issues in the United States, in other countries, or between countries.



Please complete the web form here. Note that you will need to prepare the following information:

  1. A summary of your argument or topic (1,500 characters or less)
  2. A description of sources or research you plan to utilize in your work (1,000 characters or less)
  3. A description of any work you have completed on the topic thus far, if any (1,000 characters or less)
  4. An estimated word count or size of artwork

The LGBTQ Policy Journal receives more submissions than we can include in our print journal. The editorial team will select work for publication based on timeliness, relevance, originality, style, depth, and cohesiveness with other pieces. If a submission is not chosen for the final publication, we may ask contributors to submit content to be featured online on our blog.



Authors will be notified in early November regarding the status of their proposal. If selected, the first draft is due January 9, 2017; then authors will be required to participate in time-intensive editing and rewriting during the rest of January and February in coordination with our editors. Please note publication parameters:

  • Commentaries can be as short as 500 words, and research articles up to 6,000 words.
  • Work must be original and not published in the same form elsewhere.
  • Authors are required to cooperate with editing and fact checking and to comply with Journal deadlines.



The LGBTQ Policy Journal will select papers for publication based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic to LGBTQ policy issues and timeliness with current policy debates
  • Originality of the ideas and depth of the proposed research
  • Sophistication and style of argument(s)
  • Contribution to scholarship and policy-making on LGBTQ issues



We also accept submissions for our online blog throughout the year. Submissions may be of any length or style, although typical blog or op-ed length is generally preferred. Please contact us at if you would like to submit a piece for the online platform.


Please direct questions and inquiries to